273 Instances of a Man in Busch Gardens
These images are extracted from 273 screen shots of the same man on StreetView at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Possibly a park or Google employee, the man walks, stands, squints, puts on his headphones, looks at his phone, buys some water, and occasionally sits. All the while, he’s caught in and distorted by the unique perspective of the StreetView camera, which doubles and halves him, stretches and condenses him, blurs his face into absolute blankness or renders it in impressive detail with a “© 2009 Google” on top. The varying blurriness of his outline (which I’ve endeavored to preserve) and these digital distortions, as well as the idea itself of a man having walked around and around Busch Gardens not exactly for pleasure, reveals a human parsed by a machine which itself still depends on a human for operation, orientation, and (likely in this case) chaperoning.
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(More) Temporal Portraits of People on Streetview
The images below were taken from screenshots of Google Streetview. Inadvertently reminscent of Muybridge's motion studies, the disorienting composites involve three sources of motion: the person walking, the Google Streetview car driving, and myself turning in the Streetview browser in order to keep the subject in view.